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Welcome to the “Pathophysiology of the Placenta” Group, headed by Isabella Ellinger. This group is part of the Department of Pathophysiology and Allergy Research at the Center of  Pathophysiology, Infectiology and Immunology of the Medical University of Vienna in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

The primary aim of my research group is to study uptake/traffic/effects of maternal macromolecules at the materno-fetal interface under physiologic and pathophysiologic conditions.

The second important mission is science education and scientific communication /knowledge dissemination.

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Science education

Andrea Aharanwa awarded for report of Talente Praktikum 2015






Forschung hautnah Isabella Ellinger - Katharina Gelles

MedUni Wien/F. Matern

EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: “CaSR Biomedicine” European Training Network ("Calcium Sensing Receptor (CaSR): therapeutics for Non-Communicable Diseases"

Early Stage Researcher Position (PhD) Available - click here for details

Job Summary

TissueGnostics GmbH (TG) /Vienna is looking for 1 early stage researcher (PhD student), for the collaborative research project “Generation, validation and application of algorithms for tissue segmentation used in advanced tissue cytometry” in the frame of the EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action: CaSR Biomedicine European Training Network ("Calcium Sensing Receptor (CaSR): therapeutics for Non-Communicable Diseases"). The student will be employed by TG and enrolled in a PhD-programm at the Medical University of Vienna under the joint supervision of Dr. Rupert Ecker /CEO/TG and  Dr. Isabella Ellinger (MedUniVienna).


Job Description  

The CaSR Biomedicine ETN is a fully translational project that examines a single molecule, the CaSR, influencing a range of physiological and disease processes, to develop a unique, strong multidisciplinary and intersectoral scientific training programme, preparing 14 young scientists to become specialists in GPCR biology and signalling. The ESRs will undertake a systems biomedicine approach to study the importance of cellular context in the functionality of the same molecule across different tissues (e.g. vasculature, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract) and pathologies (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, Altheimer’s disease, sarcopenia, cancer) to identify novel therapeutical approaches of CaSR targeting drugs that could be repurposed for the management of these major diseases.

The objectives of the TG sub-project are to develop, validate and apply In-Vitro Diagnostics compliant adaptive segmentation algorithms. Candidate students for TG must have been trained in image analysis, either as part of computer science, medical technology and/or biomedical research education and should have a strong interest in biology/medical research. Applicants with knowledge of Matlab and/or C++ and/or C# will be preferred. Excellent communication and team player skills are indispensable.

The successful candidate will work as part of an innovative, multidisciplinary and dynamic research team with state-of-the-art facilities. Notably, the researcher must be an Early Stage Re-searcher (not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and <4 yrs. past M.Sc. or equivalent) and must not have resided in Austria for more than 1 year during the past 3 years.